German poetry has long held a special place within the Western literary tradition. Its major achievements include Luther's hymns, Goethe's unequalled poetic versatility, the Romantics' lyric songs and the challenging poetry of Hölderlin, Rilke and Celan. The nuanced readings in this book serve as ideal examples for close engagement with the primary texts. Special sections give guidance on how to approach an unfamiliar text and how to compose a close reading; an appendix on German metrics and a glossary of technical terms are also provided, along with further reading for those ready to explore more widely.
A history of German literature up to the reunification in 1990. It looks at the main authors and movements, what Germans would be reading and writing in a given period, and what they would have watched at the theatre or found in a library.